Tuesday, January 19, 2010

western mental hospital patient graveyard







my daughters little legs and charles wesley coolly





over 3,200 inhabitants lie in the western state mental hospital patient graveyard, most of them unnamed but by patient number due to the stigma related to mental illness of the time (1876-1953.) the ground here is boggy and its hard to see many of the numbers -as i suppose they have been bogged down. the headstones replacing the lone numbers also contain the patient number in addition to their name (aside from Charles Wesley Cooley the civil war veteran.)


seattle times article october 5th 2009
tacoma daily index
abandoned asylums
historic asylums on rootsweb